What our Catford MOT centre will cover in the test?
The MOT test lasts for about 45 minutes.
During the MOT test, out Catford MOT centre will check the suspension and brakes are in good working order, and the bodywork of the car will also be examined for signs of corrosion or other serious damage. The petrol cap will be checked to ensure it fits properly and that there are no leaks.
In addition, our Catford MOT centre will check your vehicle’s tyres are the correct size and tread – the spare tyre is not included in the test. Your car’s lights, mirrors and doors must all be in good working order and seats and seat-belts will also be scrutinised for safety reasons.
Your car’s registration plates will also be examined to ensure they are visible and secure and the exhaust must not be noisy or be falling off. The vehicle will also need to meet the requirements for exhaust emissions, depending on its age and fuel type.
Our Catford MOT centre will check your car’s windscreen for chips and scratches and that the wipers are working correctly.
It’s a comprehensive MOT test, but it became more rigorous at the start of 2012 when a number of changes took effect. These changes were added to reflect the complexity of modern cars’ electronics. As a result, the ‘pass’ criteria now includes checking the warning lights are working properly for the main beam headlights, power steering, brake fluid, tyre-pressure monitor, seat belt pre-tensioner, electronic parking brake and electronic stability control.
The speedometer must also operate fully and, if any of the lights have been modified to change their colour, your car will fail its MOT test.
The changes also mean that if your vehicle’s battery is not secure or it has a leaking electrolyte, it won’t pass its MOT. Your car’s steering will also be closely examined, checking for absent or dysfunctional steering locks.
In addition, our Catford MOT centre will check the seats carefully to ensure they move forwards and backwards and can be secured in two or three positions. Doors must easily open and close, tow bars must be free from inappropriate modifications and airbags must function correctly.